Minnesota Youth Institute attracts young scholars to St. Paul Campus


The 2017 Minnesota Youth Institute on May 15th attracted almost 150 students and their teachers. The program, which has been hosted by CFANS since 2008, engaged high school students in solving local and global hunger issues. Before the event, students researched a solution to a developing nation food security issue, and submitted a short paper. They then presented their solutions to research, business and legislative leaders in a roundtable discussion. Science-rich immersion sessions were held around campus to further engage participants in the numerous directions possible with careers in food, agriculture and horticulture, and natural resource sciences.

- Students from 11 Minnesota high schools came to participate in the Minnesota Youth Institute, coming from areas near and far including Minneapolis South, Totino-Grace, Grand Rapids High School, and Redwood Valley High School.

- Students wrote papers on a wide variety of global food and society topics that showcased their unique ideas. Some example essay titles and topics were: "Feminism in the Developing World" (Uganda, Human Rights), "The Golden Rice Project: Addressing Vitamin A Deficiency in Bangladesh" (Bangladesh, Malnutrition), and "Costa Rica: The Fight Against Monoculture in the Cacao Industry" (Costa Rica, Sustainable Agriculture).

- During the opening program, attendees were welcomed by CFANS Deans, administrators, and faculty - they were even given a serenade of "The Chili Pepper Song" by Prof. David Baumler!

- At lunch, students had the opportunity to network and interact with expert panelists from different business, industry, government, and research areas. They also heard some inspiring words of wisdom and useful advice from college students who are on their way to becoming leaders in the areas of food and agriculture.

- The STEM Expo gave everyone a chance to start learning and talking about college and majors in CFANS, as well as all the resources that can be found at the University of Minnesota.

- Science immersions featured different activities with bugs, plants and flowers, dairy calves, and fungus, to name a few!

- The day came to an end with everyone enjoying a cup of ice cream, famously made on the St. Paul Campus. 

If you are interested in partcipating in the 2018 Minnesota Youth Institute, contact the Minnesota Youth Institute at mnyi@umn.edu or visit mnyi.cfans.umn.edu.